Inner Basin Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We went on Thanksgiving day, just a few days after it had snowed in the area. There was a bit of snow, some partially melted, near the start of he trail, but once you were about a half-mile in, it was a full-on winter wonderland! The snow wasn't so thick that you needed snowshoes, so it was a perfect hike to still do with our near-7 year old daughter. It was only her second time seeing seeing snow, so there were a number of stops to throw snowballs :-). The temperature rapidly dropped by the time you got toward the end of the trail, so be sure to bring layering options depending on your cold tolerance (it was low 20s and windy). The snow at the top of the trail was completely pristine. A beautiful hike!
Hiked here a few weeks ago...absolutely gorgeous! It can be a strenuous hike all the way to the top..for me I'm guessing it was mostly due to not being used to the elevation. Hanging out at the top in a hammock with my best friend made this one of the best experiences ever.
Went up yesterday and though the leaves are gone it's still such an amazing place. The rows of Aspens casting shadows in the morning sun is spectacular. For those who've never went up to Lockett Meadow. It's a climb up the hill with lots of bumps and glad I have a Jeep. Recommend something with 4 wheel drive but there were plenty of small cars so a little forewarning and a grain of salt.
Wow!!! Hiked mid October. Gorgeous!!! Definitely coming back same time next year to camp and spend an afternoon hanging in a hammock in the trees! ❤️
Beautiful hike and very easy. October was ideal with all the leaves changing! Unfortunately it's very crowded driving o what is one lane in several areas.
A personal favorite. The basin is almost solely filled with aspen trees making an October hike an ideal time to go. The yellow leaves are practically blinding creating the best place for family/dog/group photos. Keep in mind that every other person (and their dog) mob the place this time of year. This makes the road up the mountain very dangerous as it is hardly wide enough for two lanes and cannot accommodate so much traffic. Go on a week day if possible. Gradual switchbacks with good footing. There are toilets at the parking lot. Parking can get vicious when it's crowded.
Beautiful fall leaves in early October
A fun little day hike. If you live in flag I'm sure it's easy but coming from the valley the elevation kicks your butt a little bit on the way up. You get to the end and if you keep going eventually you'll end up at the tops of the San Francisco peaks. But the end is a nice big open meadow surround by alpine forrest. If you look all the way around you can imagine being in the caldera of a big volcano. The best part though is hiking through the aspen groves. Just gorgeous!
It was beautiful! We took Lockett Meadow to the inner basin and we were amazed that there was still snow on the ground in some places! Such a beautiful hike, definitely going to go again soon!
We took the Inner Basin Trail from Lockett Meadow connecting to the Weathorford trail and on to the 'Saddle" below Humphrey's Peak. The Snowbowl road was closed due to a Climb for the Cure Cancer walk. Even though the distance is roughly twice the Humphrey's trail it was well worth it! You start about 1K feet lower and the views from that side are amazing. It was a nice change after seeing the Humphrey's trail more than a few times. The Aspens and ferns were so perfect you thought you were looking at a picture.
If you love Aspens, you'll love this hike. Well marked, beautiful, great dog hike. We went as far as structures and it took us 2.5hrs. Trails has this in the wrong spot on the map. It's off hwy 89, near sunset crater. Google to get directions. No garbage services. No cost to park at trailhead.
The drive to the trail head was a little tight but very pretty. Once at the trail head the awesome beauty of the trail is breath taking. The aspen forest was so picturesque I must have taken 30 pictures. As you hike further up you reach a clearing. There is a small the sided structure that was a great place for lunch. The inner basin was beautiful. GREAT HIKE!!!
So nice to have this area open again. This is a spectacular fall hike. The aspens are simply stunning! Went all the way to the Weatherford Trailhead contemplating a different route to Humphreys. We've done Humphreys Trail from the Snowbowl and, though about 2 miles longer, the IB Trail offers superb views and, I'm thinking, a lot less traffic.
A note about traffic. I would have given this trail 4 stars if not for all the people. Seems as if this is the most family and dog oriented trail around Flagstaff. Flat crowded in places until you pass the 2nd water pump house and start the 1.5 miles to the Weatherford TH. This is the steepest part of the trail gaining over 1100 feet in that 1.5 miles for a 14.6% grade.
Overall we logged 9.11 miles round trip from where we parked. Elevation change 2334'. Up in 3 hours including a nice 20 minute lunch, down in just under 2 hours. Well marked and traveled trail. On your way up to the camp ground and along your hike, turn around a time or two and catch the scenery over your shoulder.